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UNLV junior RB Lexington Thomas rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in Saturday's 44-16 win over Idaho.

Thomas drew the start over Charles Williams, who is dealing with an ankle injury suffered in last weekend's loss to Howard. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder saved his best work for the third quarter on Saturday, when he scored all three of his touchdowns -- including two which went for a combined 122 yards. Thomas has busted out for 341 yards and five touchdowns in just two games. Just how the carry-load will split once Williams returns to action is not yet known, but Thomas has been brilliant in the Rebels' first two games of the season.
Sep 9 - 10:23 PM

UNLV redshirt junior WR Kendal Keys (knee) has returned to full health.

Keys sprained his right knee in training camp and received limited playing time against Howard over the weekend. He's considered a full-go for Idaho. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder missed the 2016 season due to a lateral meniscus tear in the right knee.
Sep 8 - 5:09 PM

UNLV junior RB Xzaviar Campbell will function as the No. 2 back against Idaho if Charles Williams (ankle) is unable to play.

Campbell, who has rushed for 702 yards over the last two seasons, would back up Lexington Thomas in that scenario. Evan Owens, a junior college transfer, would be the No. 3 back.
Sep 8 - 4:44 PM

UNLV junior RB Lexington Thomas will likely start Saturday against Idaho.

In last week's shocking loss to Howard, Thomas came on in relief after Charles Williams, the starter, suffered an ankle injury. Thomas went on to rush for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries as one of the team's few bright spots in that game. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Thomas will continue to receive the bulk of carries until Williams returns. Once Williams is back in the fold, the two will continue their timeshare.
Sep 8 - 4:17 PM

UNLV sophomore RB Charles Williams (ankle) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Idaho.

Williams suffered the injury in Saturday's opener against Howard. He had 12 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown before going down. Lexington Thomas will draw the start in his place. Last fall, Williams (5'9/185) led the Rebels with 763 rushing yards, breaking James Wofford’s UNLV freshman record of 624 yards set in 1997
Sep 8 - 1:01 PM

UNLV junior RB Lexington Thomas ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-40 loss to Howard on Saturday.

If there's such thing as a positive in a loss to Howard, it was Thomas. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound RB was able to easily maneuver through the Howard defense. His first score was a one-yarder to give the Rebels a 21-16 lead in the second quarter, and touchdown two also gave UNLV a lead; this time 40-36 late in the fourth. With UNLV likely to struggle throwing the ball this year, Thomas will be a key cog in the offense.
Sep 3 - 1:02 AM

Updating a previous item, UNLV junior WR Kendal Keys missed practice on Monday due to a right leg injury, not a left leg injury.

It had initially been reported that Keys was sitting due to an injury to his left leg. Make it the right one. He is expected to miss a few days of practice. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder missed the 2016 season due to a lateral meniscus tear in the right knee, so this current injury is worth monitoring.
Aug 14 - 3:53 PM

UNLV junior WR Kendal Keys did not practice on Monday due to a left leg injury.

The Rebels do not see this as a serious injury, but will play it safe with the 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior. Keys underwent surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee last August and subsequently missed the 2016 season, but this newest injury is to the other leg and unrelated to that procedure.
Aug 14 - 2:28 PM

UNLV junior RB Lexington Thomas led the Rebels with 10 touchdowns last season.

Two through the air, where he had six catches for 83 yards, and eight came on the ground, where he had 642 yards. Thomas will share carries with Charles Williams again. The pair combined for 1,405 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground last year.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 14 - 12:42 PM

UNLV HC Tony Sanchez named redshirt freshman QB Armani Rogers the starting quarterback.

One of the highest-ranked recruits in school history, Rogers was rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and the nation's No. 11 dual-threat quarterback. In the spring, he beat out returning quarterbacks Johnny Stanton and Kurt Palandech, both of whom started last year. Rogers redshirted last season. "We’ve got to do a great job of putting some infrastructure around him and not putting everything on his decision making early on," Sanchez said. "Give him some simple things to execute and use his natural athletic ability." UNLV is stocked at both WR (Devonte Boyd and Kendal Keys) and RB (Lexington Thomas and Charles Williams).
Source: runrebs.com
Jul 4 - 12:47 PM

UNLV senior WR Devonte Boyd did not participate in the team's spring game due to his continued recovery from a broken arm.

Boyd was sidelined near the end of the 2016 season after breaking his left forearm against Wyoming in November. He was a limited participant in spring practice, mostly focusing on running routes and such. While he indicated that he still feels some pain in his arm when he catches the football, Boyd is expected to be fully healthy come the start of August camp. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder caught 45 passes for 746 yards and a quartet of touchdowns prior to going down injured in November.
May 25 - 9:44 PM

UNLV junior WR Brandon Presley (foot) was a healthy participant in practice this spring.

Presley broke his foot against Jackson State in the Rebels' season-opener last September, but per the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Gilbert Manzano, the 6-foot, 180-pounder "knifed his way up field on slant routes, turned quick screens into first downs and [went] deep for touchdowns" during spring practice while showing no signs of hesitance when it came to his foot. Presley will be mixing it up with fellow wideouts Kendal Keys and Devonte Boyd during the coming season.
May 25 - 8:37 PM

Syracuse redshirt senior S Chauncey Scissum transferred to UNLV as a graduate.

Scissum was in the news for unfortunate reasons last April, when he was stabbed multiple times by former teammate Naesean Howard. He ultimately managed to appear in six games this past season, recording a singular tackle in that space. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder registered 43 tackles in 2015.
May 2 - 7:59 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt writes that UNLV LB Tau Lotulelei has "emerged as [a] priority free agent prospect."

During his pro day work earlier this week, Lotulelei ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds (that was with the wind) and a 4.88s run against the wind. He additionally checked off a 34.5-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-1 broad jump and a 6.96s jaunt through the three-cone drill. This past season, the 6-foot, 229-pounder recorded a hearty 117 tackles (16.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played. His brother John, by the by, is a linebacker with the Cowboys.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 4:08 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that while UNLV S Troy Hawthorne was deemed undraftable by scouts prior to the season, he "stands out on film."

"Hawthorne looks like a missile the way he streaks to the plays and lays it on the line defending the run," Pauline wrote. "He’s a little one-dimensional as a downhill, run-defending safety, but if he does well on special teams Hawthorne will have a chance at a roster spot." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Hawthorne, a converted quarterback, went from practice team player to one of the Rebels’ best defenders after the shift.
Mar 21 - 1:21 PM


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